Hockey India Awards will motivate us to perform better, says Deep Grace Ekka

Sakal Times
Friday, 6 March 2020

“It’s a very important year for hockey teams and I’m sure these awards will only motivate us to better and better. It feels very good to be nominated in two categories. The awards have always been a big motivation for all of us,” said Deep Grace Ekka

NEW DELHI: The Indian Hockey Women’s Team Defender Deep Grace Ekka has been nominated for Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 (Women) and Hockey India Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year 2019 at the Hockey India 3rd Annual Awards 2019.

The much-awaited event is set to be held in New Delhi on Sunday, 8 March 2020.

These awards are given in recognition of excellence in performance for the year 2019 and overall contribution to the game of hockey. 

Deep Grace Ekka, who has made vital contributions to the Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s victories at the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 and FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers last year, expressed that the Hockey India Awards will motivate the players to perform even better.

“It’s a very important year for hockey teams and I’m sure these awards will only motivate us to better and better. It feels very good to be nominated in two categories. The awards have always been a big motivation for all of us,” said the 25-year-old.

Deep Grace Ekka stressed on the fact that when she saw her teammates win awards in the past, she was inspired to play even better for the team. 

“I have never won a Hockey India Award earlier but whenever my teammates have been honoured in the past, I felt very motivated to perform well for my team and be recognized too,” said the Defender. 

Ekka will be up against Gurjit Kaur, Rani and Savita in the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 (Women) award category. The Indian Women’s Hockey Team Captain Rani said that she is honoured to be nominated for the award.

“Being nominated for the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 (Female) is a huge honour for me. Our team has put up some excellent performances in the last year and I am looking forward to all of my teammates being recognized in the event,” said Rani.

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